Wellington representative teams participate in the National Masters Tournament every year. The 2020 tournament will be held in Christchurch from the 23-29 February 2020. This is New Zealand’s largest domestic hockey tournament on the hockey calendar.
Masters players participate in grades set up to 5 year increments from 35s through to 65s for both Women and Men. To qualify for an age grade bracket, you need to at the required minimum age sometime during the calendar year of the tournament.
National Masters Tournament - Teams/Squads Selection
The following players and team management have been confirmed to attend the National Masters Tournament. Best of luck in your preparations.
Wellington 35s Women
Ana May Gunsell
Coach - Leah Murphy
Manager - Jane Hirst
Wellington 50s Women
Coach - Nicky Sherriff
Manager - Viv Dyhrberg
Wellington 35s Men
Rahul Watson Govindan
Coach - Bill Tomkins
Manager - Chantz Wilson Harding
Wellington 40s Men
4 x TBA
Coach - Allan Saunders
Manager - TBA
Wellington 45s Men
3 x TBA
Coach - Kelvin Giles
Manager - Jason Parry
Wellington 50s Men
4 x TBA
Coach - Alan Register
Manager - TBA
Wellington 55s Men
3 x TBA
Coach - Grant Hunt
Manager - Arthur Mahon
Wellington 60s Men
2 x TBA
Co-Coaches - Kelvin Read/Chuni Bhikha
Co-Managers - Ed Rafferty/Nev Parker
Wellington 65s Men
To be confirmed
Trials & Selections
To be eligible to be selected for any team in the current representative season you must satisfy the following criteria:
1. Be registered through the available online process:
2. Be a financial player and have played in any of the following:
a) Wellington Open Grade Competition for 2019; or
b) Wellington Local Masters Competition for 2019; or
c) Attended any of the pre-season training clinics; or
d) Attendance at any or all of the trials listed for 2019.
The selection criteria also covers and is not limited to WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council selecting from either local players, guest players or international players provided they fall within the above criteria.
The principle is that selected players will play in their respective age groups, however WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council will determine the teams to be entered in the age categories based on participant registration and in the best interests of the participants. In some instances, this may result in some players playing out of their age group. Should a player wish to apply for dispensation to play out of an age category, they may do so by sending an email to the Wellington Hockey Masters Council for consideration. The interests of the player and team will be fully considered by the Wellington Masters Advisory Council in reaching a decision.
WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council will provide independent selectors, and their decision along with the coaches will be full and final and in the bests interests of the Association and participants.
WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council have decided to have extended training squads to allow for injury management and better training environments and future development. Players could be selected in the training squad as a non-travelling reserve, this means they would not be expected to travel to tournament unless they are asked to replace another player through injury.
WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council recognise that masters participants may not have age representations in their home associations.WHA aims to provide a pathway for these participants to obtain selection by following the above criteria.
If for any reason a player is not selected by Wellington, that player is then able to approach other regional teams for selection. However, they must first be financial with WHA and the necessary player transfer forms must be completed by the player for approval by WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council.
Any player wanting to be considered for selection and is unable to satisfy the above criteria is able to email the Wellington Masters Advisory Council for consideration on a case by case basis.
2020 National Masters Tournament
23-29 February at Ngā Puna Wai and Nunweek Park Christchurch
Want to Email the Wellington Masters Advisory Council? firstname.lastname@example.org